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Old 06-11-2015, 08:07 PM
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Back East....

Manchester, VT
Stowe, VT
Woodstock, VT
jeez, perhaps 50 or so more towns in Vermont, even some of the dumpy towns have a rustic quaintness to them.

Hatfield, MA
Marblehead, MA
Essex, CT
Block Island, RI
Never thought that much of Hatfield, not much of a town for it to be pretty. Shelburne Falls, MA is rather pretty. A bit of an old milltown look, but still cutesy and in a very pretty setting. Been to a lot of Vermont towns, none stand out to me at the moment. Littleton, NH is rather quaint.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Never thought that much of Hatfield, not much of a town for it to be pretty. Shelburne Falls, MA is rather pretty. A bit of an old milltown look, but still cutesy and in a very pretty setting. Been to a lot of Vermont towns, none stand out to me at the moment. Littleton, NH is rather quaint.
I spent the night in an old house in Hatfield one time. I thought the Main Street was attractive, and my friend took me back into the farmland that abutted the Connecticut River with the views of scenic hills on the periphery. I thought it was pretty. There's not much happening there, true. But it was quaint and pretty to me nonetheless. Then again like Vermont, Western Mass also has a whole assortment of quaint towns from tiny villages like Tyringham, to Currier and Ives towns like Stockbridge.
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Old 06-11-2015, 09:01 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Agreed about Taos, that's not but maybe 30 miles from Red River.
That whole area between Eagle Nest, Angle Fire, Taos, and Red River is definitely the prettiest part of the state.

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Old 06-11-2015, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I love towns with "Main Street", and I remember as a kid, Vancouver, BC, with it's flowers and parks. What was the prettiest and most quaint city or town you've ever been to. What made it so special?
I think that there are plenty in the Pac NW, but here's a list, starting with several in WA:

Friday Harbor
LaConner
Edison
Winthrop

And I must say, my neighborhood of Fairhaven (Bellingham) is about as idyllic as it gets....

A couple others, off the top of my head:
Marblehead, MA
Taos, NM
Red River, NM
Carbondale, CO
Telluride, CO (along with Ouray for most scenic backdrop ever...)
Ellicottville, NY
Abdington, VA
Jonesboro, TN
Black Mountain, NC
Blowing Rock, NC
Beaufort, SC
St. Augustine, FL
Fernandina Beach, FL

There are many, many more. We love to get out and explore them!
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I think that there are plenty in the Pac NW, but here's a list, starting with several in WA:

Friday Harbor
LaConner
Edison
Winthrop

And I must say, my neighborhood of Fairhaven (Bellingham) is about as idyllic as it gets....

A couple others, off the top of my head:
Marblehead, MA
Taos, NM
Red River, NM
Carbondale, CO
Telluride, CO (along with Ouray for most scenic backdrop ever...)
Ellicottville, NY
Abdington, VA
Jonesboro, TN
Black Mountain, NC
Blowing Rock, NC
Beaufort, SC
St. Augustine, FL
Fernandina Beach, FL

There are many, many more. We love to get out and explore them!
I will add Port Townsend, WA, with the old mansions still standing, and the old army depot still there and just an incredible snapshot of the the late 19th century.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I can't believe nobody has said New Orleans. It's just so magical, and unusual, unique. It's a blend of old south America and Europe. There's just nowhere else like it in America, in my opinion.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Bishkek
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I can't believe nobody has said New Orleans. It's just so magical, and unusual, unique. It's a blend of old south America and Europe. There's just nowhere else like it in America, in my opinion.
That's true, but NO is a big city.

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Old 06-12-2015, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Some off the top of my head that I've visited...

Sandpoint, ID
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Cannon Beach, OR
Yachats, OR
Sisters, OR
Ashland, OR
Lahaina, HI
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Eastern Iowa
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Galena, IL

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Old 06-12-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Do you places that have just naturally retained their charm because that's the way they are, or do you mean places that have been artificially contrived to look charming like a movie set because somebody recognized the commercial value of such an appeal?

I can think of quite a few towns that I've driven through that had a charming aspect that I took note of, but if I had driven through town on a different highway, I might not have thought that at all. Every town has a few pretty streets. and when passing through, you either see it or you don't..

I wouldn't even acknowledge a town that put up a lot of false fronts in order to say "Look how pretty we are".
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